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NYT Charts Practice of “Preselling” Booths at Art Fairs

November 29th, 2021

A piece in the New York Times this week documents galleries’ recent trend towards preselling works at their fair booths, and the craft of selling work at a fair more broadly. “Managing expectations is an art,” says David Zwirner. “You’ll be successful in this industry if you master that. If you don’t, you won’t.”
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Art Newspaper Reviews Collection of Billionaire Larry Ellison

November 29th, 2021

The Art Newspaper has a piece this week on the collection of billionaire Larry Ellison, which includes four Van Gogh works, most notably one that hung in the hotel room of JFK the night before the president’s assassination in Dallas.
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Brooklyn Museum to Receive $50 from New York City

November 23rd, 2021

New York’s Department of Cultural Affairs will give the Brooklyn Museum a capital infusion of $50 million, making it the largest gift in museum history. “I’m really grateful to the mayor and the commissioner of Cultural Affairs,” says director Anne Pasternak. “When I came to them with this very big idea, they actually took the meeting, and they took it seriously.”
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Jose Berardo

Collector’s Birthdate: b. 1944

Berardo is a Portugese businessman who has amassed a fortune worth over $1 billion from, gold mining in South Africa. He is also an active stock trader. Recently, he opened up his extensive art collection to the public, displaying works by artists like Picasso, Dali and Miro at the newly opened Museu Berardo in the Centro Cultural de Belem in Lisbon.

Though auction houses like Christie’s and Sotheby’s have pursued his collection, valued at more than $400 million, he has never sold a work of art. Other artists included in his extensive collection of over 1,000 works include Pop Art by the likes of Warhol and Lichtenstein, Realist pieces by Bacon and Balthus as well as several works by Minimalist artists. In 2007, he tried to purchase the futbol club S.L. Benfica.